WQXR’s Operavore presents a special preview of Bel Canto at Caramoor at The Greene Space, June 18 at 7pm

WQXR’s Operavore Presents a Preview of Bel Canto at Caramoor 2013, “Verdi in Paris”

Tuesday, June 18 at 7pm IN THE GREENE SPACE

(NEW YORK, NY—May 24, 2013)In celebration of the bicentennial of Giuseppe Verdi’s birth, WQXR’s Operavore, all-opera stream, radio show, and website, and Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts present a special preview of the Caramoor Summer Music Festival’s annual Bel Canto at Caramoor.

On Tuesday, June 18 at 7pm, Caramoor’s Director of Opera, Will Crutchfield, along with soprano Angela Meade, tenor Noah Baetge, and baritone Marco Nisticò will appear at The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space at WQXR for a sneak peek at “Verdi in Paris,” the theme of this year’s Bel Canto at Caramoor.

The program will include rarely-heard songs as well as duets and arias from Les vêpres siciliennes in their original French, highlighting the influence of the time Verdi spent in Paris on his music. The composer’s long association with the city yielded some of his most significant contributions to opera.
 
WQXR and Operavore host Naomi Lewin will lead the interview.
 
The event will be available as a live video webcast at www.thegreenespace.org and www.wqxr.org, and will be recorded for later broadcast on 105.9 FM in New York.
  
 
WHAT: Operavore Presents Verdi in The Greene Space
WHERE: The Greene Space (44 Charlton Street, NY, NY @Varick)
WHEN: Tuesday, June 18 at 7pm
TICKETS: $20 available at: http://www.thegreenespace.org/events/thegreenespace/2013/jun/18/verdi-greene-space/


ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Will Crutchfield, Director of Opera
Will Crutchfield spent his teens as a vocal coach and rehearsal pianist, made his name as a writer and musicologist in the mid-1980's (becoming the youngest music critic in the history of The New York Times), and returned to his theater roots in the mid-1990's to conduct opera.  Crutchfield was later named to two positions:  Director of Opera for the Caramoor International Music Festival (1997-present) and Music Director of the Opera de Colombia in Bogota (1999-2005).  At these two theaters he built his style, which the Financial Times called "a fine balance of bravado, intensity, sensitivity and scholarly savoir-faire," in cycles of standard repertory classics as well as pioneering revivals of less familiar works.  
 
In reviews of the celebrated Caramoor revivals - alongside praise for the musical interpretation - the press has consistently recognized the outstanding qualities of the operas. The New York Times, reviewing the production of La Donna del Lago that inaugurated the series, discerned "a palpable conviction that Rossini's serious operas are not static vehicles for elaborate vocal display, but elegant and humane musical dramas." The bel canto series under the direction of Mr. Crutchfield has presented operas ranging from Rossini’s La Donna del Lago to Bellini’s Norma and Rossini’s Ciro in Babilonia.

Angela Meade, soprano
American soprano Angela Meade is the winner of the 2012 Beverly Sills Artist Award from the Metropolitan Opera and the 2011 Richard Tucker Award. Less than five years after her professional debut, she has quickly become recognized as one of the outstanding vocalists of her generation.  The New Yorker has hailed her as “a lavishly gifted young soprano who sings across a very wide range with uncommon beauty and strength of tone.” She excels in the most demanding heroines of the nineteenth century bel canto repertoire as well as in the operas of Verdi and Mozart.
 
Angela Meade joined an elite group of history’s singers when she made her professional operatic debut on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera as Verdi’s Elvira in Ernani substituting for an ill colleague in March 2008.  She had previously sung on the Met stage as one of the winners of the 2007 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, a process that is documented in the film The Audition recently released on DVD by Decca.  The New York Times noted Angela Meade as “an impressive soprano who powered out a ‘Casta diva’ from Bellini’s Norma that left everyone breathless.”

Noah Baetge, tenor
Mr. Baetge, a Caramoor Bel Canto Young Artist has performed with the Metropolitan Opera, Seattle Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Skagit Opera, Spokane Opera, Opera Orchestra of New York, Seattle Symphony, St. Cecilia Chorus & Orchestra, Spoleto Festival, Peninsula Music Festival, Erie Philharmonic, Salem Chamber Orchestra, Monmouth Civic Chorus, Yakima Symphony Orchestra, Concert Opera of Seattle, and Seattle Philharmonic.  Mr. Baetge made his Met debut in Ariadne Auf Naxos as the Offizier in 2011 and makes his Santa Fe Opera debut in 2014 as Remendado in Bizet’s Carmen.

Marco Nisticò, baritone
Marco Nisticò joined the roster of the Metropolitan Opera in the 2009-10 season. His most recent engagements include Sharpless in Madama Butterfly (Puccini) with Sarasota Opera in November 2011; Dulcamara in L'Elisir d'Amore (Donizetti) at the Landestheater in Bregenz, Austria, in February/March 2012; Guglielmo in Così Fan Tutte (Mozart) at the Teatro Regio in Turin, Italy, in April 2012; and Il Conte di Luna in Il Trovatore (Verdi) with Opera New Jersey, July 2012.

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Caramoor, the country estate of Walter and Lucie Rosen, was where they built their home and filled it with treasures.  Enjoying the pleasure their friends took in the beauty of Caramoor with its art collection, gardens, and musical programs, in 1946 the Rosens established a public trust to open Caramoor to the community. Their musical evenings were the inspiration for the Caramoor International Music Festival, now in its sixty-eighth year, and the ongoing Music in the Rosen House series.
 
Since its founding, Caramoor has gained international renown as a cultural institution, presenting music of all types and inspiring artists and audiences alike.
 
Caramoor enriches the lives of its audiences through intimate, innovative and diverse musical performances of the highest quality.  Education is a valued component of Caramoor’s mission, and Caramoor offers programs for the mentoring of young professional musicians as well as curriculum-based programs for school children emphasizing music, history and visual and decorative arts. Caramoor is often described as “a Garden of Great Music,” where audiences are invited to explore the beautiful grounds and gardens, discover the fascinating collection of period rooms and antiquities, and enjoy beautiful music in the Music Room, Spanish Courtyard and Venetian theater.